The Lakers girls basketball team is on a roll.  Minnewaska beat Eden Valley-Watkins (61-43) and Melrose Area (75-26) last week to extend a current winning streak to four games and up its overall record to 9-4.

The Lakers put everything together at Melrose, Thursday, scoring 46 first-half points and holding the Dutchmen to only 26 points overall.  Minnewaska, which is 5-1 in the conference, is still a half game back of Sauk Centre in the WCC standings.  The two teams are set to meet up again Feb. 1 at MAHS.

The Lakers are set to go on the road for the next four games, including a game Tuesday (tomorrow) against Barnesville and a game Friday at Rocori. 

Waska 61, EV-Watkins 43

The Lakers won their third-straight game and fourth in their last five games during a 61-43 road win at Eden Valley-Watkins last Tuesday night.

Minnewaska led 32-20 at halftime before holding EVW to just 23 more points in the second half.

It was the ninth time in 12 games the Lakers have held their opponent under 50 points.

Sydney Dahl, Megan Thorfinnson and Addy Kath led the Lakers, each scoring in double figures and combining for 43 of the Lakers’ 61 points.

Dahl went 7-of-15 from the field on the way to 18 points, five assists, two rebounds and four steals, while Thorfinnson was 4-of-9 on three-pointers and ended with 15 points, two assists, two boards and three steals, and Kath added 10 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals.

The Lakers shot 31 percent from the field (24-for-76), including 6-of-30 on three-pointers, and were also 7-of-12 on free-throws.

Helping overcome the cool-shooting night were 21 steals, 28 rebounds and only nine turnovers.

Avery Fier added four points, five rebounds and two steals for the Lakers, while Olivia Danielson had four points, two assists, two boards and three steals, Jayda Kolstoe had four points, two rebounds and two steals, Lauryn Ankeny had three points, two assists, and team-highs of seven rebounds and four steals, and Alia Randt also had three points to go along with five rebounds.

Waska 75, Melrose 26

The Lakers vaulted out to a 46-18 halftime lead and then held Melrose to just eight second-half points during a 75-26 WCC victory, Thursday night at Melrose.

Lauryn Ankeny went 7-of-14 from the field on the way to 14 points, six rebounds and three steals, while Olivia Danielson missed just one shot on the way to 11 points, four boards and two steals, and Megan Thorfinnson added 10 points, six rebounds and five assists.

The Lakers shot over 50 percent from the field for the first time this year, making 31-of-59 shots, including 8-of-17 from long range.  The only negative for Minnewaska Area was 5-of-13 shooting from the line.

Sydney Dahl chipped in with nine points, four rebounds and six assists for the Lakers, who had 18 steals and only 10 turnovers, while Alia Randt made two 3-pointers on the way to nine points, four boards and three steals, Avery Fier also had nine points, Addy Kath had six points and three steals, Jayda Kolstoe had five points and pulled down three boards, and Amber Peabody also scored two points.

Ria Nelson scored seven points to lead Melrose, which shot just 10-of-38 from the field (26 percent).

Waska 61, at EVW 43

Waska (8-4) 32 29 — 61

EVW 20 23 — 43

WASKA stats:  24-76 FG (6-30 3pt); 7-12 FT; 15 assists; 28 rebounds; 21 steals; 14 fouls; 9 turnovers . . . Scoring:  Sydney Dahl 18, Megan Thorfinnson 15, Addy Kath 10, Jayda Kolstoe 4, Avery Fier 4, Olivia Danielson 4, Alia Randt 3, Lauryn Ankeny 3 . . . Rebounding:  Ankeny 7, Randt 5, Fier 5, Kath 2, Danielson 2, Dahl 2, Thorfinnson 2, Kolstoe 2 . . . Assists:  Dahl 5, Kath 3, Danielson 2, Thorfinnson 2, Ankeny 2 . . . Steals:  Ankeny 4, Dahl 4, Danielson 3, Thorfinnson 3, Kath 2, Fier 2, Kolstoe 2

EVW stats:   Stats not available


Waska 75, at Melrose 26

Waska (9-4) 46 29 — 75

Melrose 18 8 — 26

WASKA stats:  31-59 (8-17 3pt); 5-13 FT; 19 assists; 2 blocks; 34 rebounds; 18 steals; 15 fouls; 10 turnovers . . . Scoring:  Lauryn Ankeny 14, Olivia Danielson 11, Megan Thorfinnson 10, Sydney Dahl 9, Alia Randt 9, Avery Fier 9, Addy Kath 6, Jayda Kolstoe 5, Amber Peabody 2 . . . Rebounding:  Ankeny 6, Thorfinnson 6, Danielson 4, Dahl 4, Randt 4, Kolstoe 3, Kath 2, Kendall Danielson 2

. . . Assists:  Dahl 6, Thorfinnson 5, Fier 2, Kath 2 . . . Steals:  Kath 3, Randt 3, Ankeny 3, O. Danielson 2, K. Danielson 2

MELROSE stats:   Scoring:  Ria Nelson 7, Avery Braegelmann 6, Shantel Gruber 4 . . . Rebounding:  Isabelle Jaenicke 4. . . Other stats not available

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